We have learned of an incident involving the vessel “SAM LION”, a 2012 built 31,760gt bulk carrier loaded with 40,050 tonnes of clinker in bulk loaded at Nemrut Bay and bound for Dakar.

The Vessel ran aground in the waters of Santa Catalina island area, experiencing several leaks and unable to re-float using her own power. SAM LION was towed by Salvamento Marítimo to the Poniente dock in Ceuta, where she has been inspected by the Maritime Captaincy to verify the damages. Ballast tanks were breached and the double hull penetrated. Divers were sent down to check the cracks and evaluate the necessary repairs. In Ceuta, temporary repairs can only be undertaken to enable the ship to sail to a shipyard in Gibraltar or Algeciras. Five Oceans Salvage SA have been engaged under the terms of Lloyd’s Open Form.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of Salvage securities, arranging surveys, adjusting potential losses or undertaking recovery action, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett
Hong Kong – Wendy Lee
Singapore – Paul Sansom
USA – Charles Droll
Australia – Robert Hammersley

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

Best regards,

Paul Friett
Assistant Director

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